Shasta Land Trust Welcomes New Executive Director

The Shasta Land Trust (SLT), a non-profit land conservation organization located in Redding, California, announced today that it has hired Anne Murphy as its new executive director, effective April 14, 2014. Ms. Murphy will lead the land trust’s activities in conserving the beauty, character, and diversity of significant lands in far northern CA through conservation easements, environmental education, and outreach to the community.

Speaking on behalf of the Shasta Land Trust Board of Directors, John Stokes, chairman, commented, “The Shasta Land Trust is a highly successful conservation organization that is nationally accredited and recognized for its successful projects. When Ben Miles, our previous director, chose to move on, we conducted a nationwide search for a new director. We successfully recruited Anne Murphy, an experienced leader from the land trust community to lead our organization into the future. Anne will bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to the Trust.”


Ms. Murphy comes to SLT with 16 years of experience working with land trusts throughout the country. Anne also serves as a commissioner with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission and is a board member with American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts. She is a consultant and online expert for the Land Trust Alliance and has authored several case study guides on strategic conservation planning. Prior to joining SLT, Anne worked with the Minnesota Land Trust (MN), Western Reserve Land Conservancy (OH), and Little Traverse Conservancy (MI).

Ms. Murphy is originally from northern Michigan and graduated with honors from Alma College with bachelor’s degrees in biology and piano performance. She has a graduate certification in geographic information systems (GIS) from Cleveland State University in Ohio. She recently moved to Redding and enjoys kayaking, sailboat racing, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and yoga. She is eager to take in all the outdoor recreational opportunities the area has to offer.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Shasta Land Trust and look forward to getting to know the local community and the unique and beautiful landscapes of Shasta County. It’s an exciting time for the Land Trust and I plan to utilize my skills and experience to lead the organization forward to continued success in area land conservation,“ says Murphy.

Shasta Land Trust was founded in 1998. Its mission is to conserve the beauty, character, and diversity of significant lands in far northern California. SLT works with willing landowners to conserve important properties in the northstate that have unique open space, habitat, agricultural, watershed, recreational, and scenic values. For more information on Shasta Land Trust, call 530.241.7886.